This time last month you could only use your SNAP EBT card in a few states. Customers in Alabama, Florida, Washington, Nebraska, Iowa, Oregon, New York, or California could use their card for Amazon Fresh orders, but that was it.
Having groceries delivered if paying by SNAP EBT was almost unheard of. Only a few stores offered curbside pickup and most grocers required SNAP benefit members to shop in-store.
Amazon Fresh, Amazon Pantry, and Amazon Grocery are now accepting SNAP EBT and Medicaid payments so you can have groceries and essentials delivered directly to your door.
There are three grocery delivery services offered by Amazon that will now accept SNAP benefits in 37 states.
If you live in Alabama, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin or Wyoming you can add your SNAP EBT card or Medicaid card as a payment method.
To start using your benefits on Amazon you need to register your card on Amazon. Visit the registration page to add your card and then choose which type of card you have (EBT or Medicaid).
Once you register your card, you’ll need to re-register your card every 12 months to verify your eligibilty.
You can purchase any qualifying items using your SNAP EBT or Medicaid card from Amazon Fresh, Amazon Pantry, and Amazon Grocery. Amazon Fresh is a grocery delivery service available only in select areas. If it’s available in your area, simply purchase $35 or more and you can get your groceries delivered for free.
Amazon Pantry also requires a purchase $35 or more; however, through August 31st you can get any-sized order delivered for free. Unlike Amazon Fresh, Amazon Pantry does not offer perishable food that requires refrigeration like meat, dairy, and vegetables.
For Amazon Grocery, you’ll need a Prime Membership, or you can qualify for free shipping on orders of $25 or more. You’ll find some of the same items as in the pantry, along with other grocery and gourmet food options.
The one exclusion is groceries from Whole Foods; however, you’ll find many of the same items offered by Whole Foods on Amazon available for purchase on Fresh, Pantry, or Grocery.
Benefit members also get a discount on Amazon. You’ll automatically save 15% on select Mama Bear, Happy Belly, and 365 Everyday Value groceries. If you are receiving assistance, you also qualify for a reduced-membership if you join Amazon Prime. The regular price is $12.99 per month, but benefit members pay only $5.99.